How to care for aloe plants - experts share tips for long-lasting succulents

These expert tips on how to care for aloe plants will ensure you have succulents that are healthy and thriving

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(Image credit: FLOWERBX)

Learning how to care for aloe plants is reasonably simple, making them a great choice for any serial plant killers out there (you know who you are). They're structural and interesting, providing a hit or architectural beauty to a room. 

Aloe vera is one of the best-known houseplants, down to the widespread use of the cool gel inside its leaves. Incredibly, given the right circumstances, they can grow to giant size from just a little cutting. Admittedly, this can take a couple of decades, but when looked after well they just keep on going. 

'Aloe vera plants are succulents - sleek, stylish, and relatively easy to care for,' says Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, co-founder of FLOWERBX. 

Here are some ways to make sure they are happy in your home.

How to care for aloe plants

1. Place your aloe plant somewhere warm

how to care for aloe plants with image by Patch Plants

(Image credit: Patch Plants)

Aloe Vera plants thrive in warm temperatures - not too sunny, yet certainly away from cold spots and draughts. 

'Place your plant in a bright spot but out of too much direct sunlight,' says FLOWERBX (opens in new tab)'s Whitney Bromberg Hawkings.

'Aloe plants are used to growing in hot, sunny conditions, so they’ll do well in a spot with lots of bright light, and not so well in the shade,' says Patch Plant's Richard Cheshire. 'They also won’t cope well with the cold, so try and keep your plant away from cool breezes and draughts.'

And the Sprout Home (opens in new tab) team adds: 'Aloe can make for an easy plant to take care of and handle less direct sun than most other succulents but still want a good couple of hours, part sun, ideally.'

2. Don't over water your aloe plant

how to care for aloe plants with image by Patch Plants

(Image credit: Patch Plants)

 Be careful not to show your aloe plant too much love.

'Succulents retain moisture, so water sparingly, only ever when the soil is dry to touch,' suggests Whitney. You only need to water an aloe vera plant around once every three weeks. 

Richard Cheshire, Patch Plant (opens in new tab) Doctor, concurs, commenting:  'Their leaves hold a lot of water, so your aloe plant won’t need frequent watering, only when the soil is completely dry.'

He adds: 'All that water makes them quite heavy, so they’ll need a sturdy pot to avoid tipping over.'

3. Feed your aloe plant once a month

'Treat your aloe vera plant to a healthy dose of succulent fertilizer in the spring and summer months to keep it looking its best,' suggests Whitney. 'Once a month should be perfect.'

Sprout Home (opens in new tab) agrees a light feed will do your aloe wonders, adding: 'Make sure to use succulent/cactus mix and let them dry down in between watering as to not oversaturate them thereby more likely to get root rot.'

4. Keep it away from pets

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Although aloe vera plants are well known to be used for medicinal and beauty purposes, they should never be consumed - as they are poisonous to both humans and pets. 

Ruth Doherty is a lifestyle journalist based in London. An experienced freelance digital writer and editor, she is known for covering everything from travel and interiors to fashion and beauty. She regularly contributes to Livingetc, Ideal Home and Homes & Gardens, as well as titles like Prima and Red. Outside of work, her biggest loves are endless cups of tea, almond croissants, shopping for clothes she doesn’t need, and booking holidays she does.